Tribute Gifts

Bricks, Benches, and More

Tribute gifts are a thoughtful way to celebrate a birthday, wedding, graduation, or any special occasion. They also serve as a special expression of sympathy by honoring the memory of a friend or relative. Tributes or memorial gifts can honor someone you admire, respect, or want to remember in a meaningful way, such as a family member, a mentor, a coworker, or a friend who has made a special impact on your life.

Tribute bench gifts help to provide additional seating for visitors while supporting the care and maintenance of our gardens, plant collections, and programs. Tribute bench gifts support the JC Raulston Arboretum Endowment for Excellence. 

Engraved brick gifts support the JCRA Endowment for Excellence, plus inscribed bricks are a great way to show your support of the Arboretum, while honoring a special loved one.

All tribute gift proceeds go directly to the JC Raulston Arboretum Endowment for Excellence within the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc. This endowment ensures that the JCRA continues to be a renowned public, research, and teaching garden with a strong and vibrant future.

Memorial gifts may support a variety of JCRA programs, such as the Student Internship Program, the Children's Program, or plant collections. Some families designate the gifts to be used toward the purchase of a special bench or to a specific JCRA program. All memorial gift donors (not gift amounts) are acknowledged to the family by the JCRA, unless specified as anonymous.

Use the following guidance to direct memorial gifts:

Memorial donations can be made in honor of your loved one and sent to the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, Campus Box 7522, Raleigh, NC 27695-7522.

If you have any questions or would like more information on a named garden, please contact Alycia Thornton, director of development, at (919) 513-7068 or